Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, based on the play Alzire, ou les Américains by Voltaire.
Verdi’s Alzira completes our trilogy of early Verdi titles (following Giovanna d’Arco in 2015 and Macbeth in 2017), conducted by the Festival’s Artistic Director Stephen Barlow, and directed by internationally celebrated Verdi specialist Elijah Moshinsky. Alzira is set in 16th century Peru, where the love affair between two Peruvian natives, Zamoro and Alzira, is set against a fight for independence by the tribesmen against the Spanish rule of the conquistadors. This rarely performed and thoroughly exhilarating opera shows Verdi full of the inspiration of youth and innovation, making it ripe for revival in the perfect setting of Buxton’s beautiful Opera House.
Performed in Italian, with English side-titles.